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Further Institution Building in the Environment Sector

The project "Institution Building in the Environment Sector" was financed from the Transition Facility Programme for Malta (2006).This programme aims to strengthen the Maltese administration to enable it to fully comply with the requirements of the EU Acquis.

The main aim of this project was to strengthen the administrative capacity of the Malta Environment and Planning Authority (MEPA) to achieve full implementation of the Acquis Communitaire in the fields of provision of public access to environmental information, public participation in environmental decision making and access to justice in environmental matters.  These are the three pillars of the UNECE Aarhus Convention, to which both the EU and Malta are party.

The project was implemented through a Twinning Contract over a period of 12 months.  Following a circulation amongst all EU Member States, and a careful examination of bids, the evaluation committee awarded this contract to Austria.    

The Twinning Contract was signed in April 2008, and implementation kicked-off soon afterwards. All project activities were concluded in July 2009. The total budget for this project was €465,000, which was covered in full by EU funds.

More information on the project can be found on the project website

Within MEPA, this project was coordinated by the Policy Co-ordination Unit with assistance from the International Projects Team of the EU & Multilateral Affairs Unit.


Better access to information, public participation and justice in environmental matters- 21/05/2008


Aarhus – your right to know and shape our environment- 26/03/2009

This project has been realised with the financial assistance of the European Union
and is co-funded by the Transition Facility Programme for Malta 2006